Finishing Touches - Sugar Dough Figures & Adding Names
With the cake done, you can add special touches to make it really stand out from the crowd, by adding modeled sugar dough items or the children's names.
Adding a child's name to a cake is a great idea for a preschool graduation. You don't have to be good at icing to add names to a cake, you can also use edible ink pens, use small letter cutters and rolled out fondant icing, or make a stencil and use edible glitter, icing or cocoa to sprinkle through the stencil onto the cake. You can also use grated chocolate, sprinkles, smarties, etc., to spell out a name, letter or number onto the cake.
For making modeled items from fondant, it helps to add some gum tragacanth, which makes the icing dry harder, and will retain its shape better once you've finished. You can buy this from craft stores, and just a small sprinkle is needed to add to the icing. The best tools to use are your fingers, but make use of other items in the kitchen such as small knives, cocktail sticks, spaghetti, and cheese graters to create texture, smiles on faces, etc. You can "glue" one sugar dough item to another, or to the cake, using royal icing, or painting on some egg white. Pushing sticks of spaghetti from one item to another also works to keep items stuck together and to give some stability.
Cake ideas for a preschool graduation can include anything you have done with your preschooler(s) during your time together, or can be used to reinforce recognition of letters and their own name, as well as providing some yummy fun for all.